By: Leslie Fischman
Research Study (1)
As a Researcher one is required to obtain approval from the HRC of their Academic Institution if the study involves interaction (via Interview) of any at risk populations. Victims of Crime always fall under the category of at risk populations that would require such approval -the bylaws of the organizations which provide services to them usually promise privacy which disables their ability to share with you either as a researcher or member of the helping professions their experiences or the way in which they were helped by members of the helping professions. Which is why for my Honors Thesis I decided to study Certified Crisis Hotline Counselors (such as myself, 2004) and with signed informed consent reviewed and received by them, interviewed them confidentially and included those findings and quotes in my research study via a fictional name I created for them to maintain their privacy and anonymity. This was suggested as commonly practiced among researchers who’s job is to protect the privacy of their participants, to ensure they are neither harmed nor retaliated upon for sharing their experiences with me, especially those who have been forced to handle very difficult calls from inappropriate callers who frequent the hotlines and are not members of the population at risk of harm to which the hotline generally provides services to.
#BradyMusicCampaign is a new service online that connects individuals from the Entertainment Campaign to Blog Posts, thoughts, ideas, concerns, and general information about the Campaign and the Campaign to which the Hashtag supports, via re-blogging (Definition: When you post a blog post from another’s blog on your own blog). The goal was to present a clear picture and general overview of current trends, news, and issues being debated, and share ideas “openly” online through a Blogging Service that enables me to reach a high number of qualified professionals who participate on personal accounts alongside company accounts such as the accounts managed and blogged to by MYMOLLYDOLL by #LeslieFischman.
Domestic Violence affects everyone, and Gun Violence is a type of Domestic Violence. According to everytownresearch.org, “more intimate partner homicides have been committed with guns than all other weapons combined [over a 25 year period].” Obtaining a “Restraining Order” is one way in which Victims of Intimate Partner Violence can “prohibi[t] … [loved ones from obtaining] buying or possessing firearms, and for good reason.” Terrorism is not just a World issue but is also experienced within the home, that affects Victims their “every waking moment” fearful that they will be retaliated upon if they “contac[t] the police” (everytownreesrach.org).
#BradyMusicCampaign seeks to support Brady Campaign via Hashtag, and create familiarity and identification via a catchy named Campaign for a Campaign that helps shape Laws in this Country as they are directly related to Gun Violence and Gun Violence Prevention. Some Laws which have already been enacted (i.e. Brady Bill 2.0) required the expansion of background checks for gun purchasers to prevent individuals such as those with a history of intimate partner violence from obtaining guns, from “unlicensed seller[s]” such as the ones mentioned by everytownreesrach.org, that enable known offenders to obtain guns on Websites while failing to perform a “background check” which is required by them as sellers.
“Weak gun laws” are to blame, says everytownresearch.org. While #BradyMusicCampaign for @Bradybuzz supports Gun Violence Prevention via Lawmaking, it is our responsibility as suggested by everytownreesrach.org to provide additional assistance updating everyone (i.e. the general public of these changes in law) as well as the sellers which provide access to known offenders when they fail to abide by the law and perform the required background checks. “Keeping guns out the hands of domestic abusers” requires that we ensure the “laws …designed to protect Women [and/or Men]…[under these] circumstances” do exactly that and are well known and enforced. “Laws [which] are poorly defined and poorly enforced]” can have very “devastating” consequences –increasing the “like[lihood] of murde[r] [by] guns” and accounting for “53%” of “gun violence [homicides] in America” (percentage reflecting those “killed by intimate partners or family members”). (everytownresearch.org). That being said, laws which are poorly enforced cannot make the positive difference they seek to provide via enactment of those laws. Which is why we have Brady Campaign to continue to modify current language “weak” language as suggested by everytownresearch.org to which Federal Laws still have not been able to curtail violence as it relates to: (1) “abusive dating partners or convicted stalkers, (2) those “convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes …. Subject to restraining order orders from buying or using guns,” and (3) “in most states” … Federal Law does not address well prevention of “domestic abusers and stalkers [from] easily evad[ing] gun prohibitions by purchasing guns from unlicensed private sellers” [such as those online as we mentioned above]. Everytownresearch.org.
This Research Proposal is hereby presented by #LeslieFischman on behalf of everytownresearch.org to Brady Campaign and #BradyMusicCampaign to further study the consequence or usage of “weak” language while establishing Laws and take into consideration current “loopholes” as suggested by everytownresearch.org that have yet to address clearly how and by what language within the law these individuals will be prevented from in the future from obtaining or having access to such weapons, and committing homicides within the home as a result of what they believe is caused by “weak” language or “loopholes” in current law (everytownresearch.org).
Dear everytownresearch.org: On behalf of #BradyMusicCampaign which supports Brady Campaign, I would like to thank you for composing this very valuable entry and overview of Domestic Violence as is relates to Gun Violence and Violence Against Women. We assure you that no laws created to prevent gun violence are ever created purposefully with “weak” language that would “know[ingly] allow domestic abusers …[from obtaining weapons] by enabling them to “evade gun prohibitions.” Its never the Laws themselves that enable this type of transaction to occur but result from general lack of oversight that keeps track of “unlicensed private sellers” by whom those presently restrained or with history of stalking would be able to “easily evade gun prohibitions … [and] purchas[e] guns” from “unlicensed private sellers” (everytownresearch.org). We (i.e. #BradyMusicCampaign MYMOLLYDOLL) assure you that the cause for these unregulated gun sales are not the product of loopholes or failure on the part of Federal Law to outline specifics as to who these Laws seek to prevent access to weapons, but that your concern is with gun sales that occur during the commission of a crime which is that of an unlicensed private seller selling a gun to a known offender domestic abuser. That loophole is not caused by the Law itself, but requires that certain oversight be issued, addressed, and required, that limits the number of unlicensed private sellers from existing online and providing unauthorized access to these individuals of concern. Thank you for sharing and I hope to present the following findings to Brady Campaign, when I meet with them at the LA Chapter.
If you have any questions or would like additional research, and or updated findings, statistics, and laws (i.e. Bills enacted) which currently address your current concerns that present language does not include such purchases via loopholes as you suggested, then I would be more than happy to research and compose a follow up study that addresses your concerns and what is currently being done in response to your findings. Thank you for sharing on your Website and I am glad I read this article and can continue helping your Campaign and Brady Campaign accomplish their shared goal of preventing gun violence in the future, especially as it relates to Domestic Violence and Violence Against Women.